I hate to bring up the eternal (and unanswerable) question, "how much plow can my tractor pull?", but I wanted to get some opinions from the experts here. I have a chance to buy a kverneland 3 furrow plow, hydrien-style beam for a price that's way to good to pass up. Only problem is, I can't really justify another plow at my farm, especially a 3 furrow which would see limited use. At my father's farm, however, I feel he could benefit from something other than his old trail plow that's been cobbled and welded together. It's just too small and worn for the amount of land he's trying to work with it. Unfortunately the strongest tractor he has with a 3 pt. hitch is an old 530 Case. I know that pulling one of these high speed kvernelands is too much for the old girl, even in his sandy soil. I was wondering, however, if it would be unreasonable to unbolt the rear board & reset and just use it as a two furrow plow.
I admit I've spent very little time on the 530 since he got it, but I think I remember it having a cat. 1 hitch, which might put a stopper on the whole plan. I worked with an old Case once (forget the model) that could be adapted to a cat. 2 hitch if the hitch arms were reversed and some bushings removed where they bolt to the tractor. I imagine this was only for moving the odd implement, and putting a heavy kverneland wouldn't have been in the scope of what these hitches should reasonably be made to handle.
I'm open to any thoughts, recommendations, or criticisms that you might have